Lawmakers consider making election day a paid holiday in California

Californians would get a day off from work, some with pay, on election day under a proposed law introduced this week at the state Capitol.

Assembly Bill 674 would add each November's election to the list of holidays celebrated under state law.

"Too many people who want to vote face barriers due to work and school obligations," said Assemblyman Evan Low (D-Campbell) in a written statement.

Assembly Elections Chair Introduces Bill Package to Expand Voting Rights

SACRAMENTO—Assemblymember Evan Low (D-Silicon Valley), Chair of the California Assembly Elections and Redistricting Committee, introduced a package of bills this week to improve voter participation, eliminate barriers to voting, and fight back against those who seek to deny Californians their voting rights.

Defending the Democratic Process in California

As Chair of the California Assembly Elections and Redistricting Committee in the state Legislature, I was shocked and dismayed to hear President Donald Trump continue to make irresponsible and unfounded allegations about widespread voter fraud in California.

State and county election administrators and other public officials – Republican and Democratic alike – have repeatedly warned that these false assertions undermine the public’s trust in our elections. If President Trump has evidence of widespread voter fraud, he should share it with election officials so that it can be investigated. In the absence of such evidence, however, I can only conclude that the President’s statements are nothing more than a transparent attempt to distract people from the fact that he lost the popular vote by nearly 3 million votes.

California will continue to hold free and fair elections to choose their elected officials under my watch. Any efforts to curb voting access through intimidation or to purge voter rolls of eligible citizens will be met with fierce resistance.

I look forward to working with my colleagues and Governor Brown to improving our democratic process.

Sincerely,

Evan Low
Chair, Committee on Elections and Redistricting
Assemblymember, 28th District

Assemblymember Evan Low Elected to Serve as Chair; Senator Ricardo Lara Elected to Serve as Vice Chair of the CA Legislative LGBT Caucus

SACRAMENTO, CA – Today, the California Legislative Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Caucus elected Assemblymember Evan Low (D-Silicon Valley) to serve as Chair and Senator Ricardo Lara (D- Bell Gardens) to serve as Vice Chair.

"I am honored that my colleagues have elected me as the next LGBT Caucus Chair and I thank Assemblymember Eggman for her leadership," said Assemblymember Evan Low. "We have a historically high number of 8 members and over the past decades, we have made incredible advances in the fight for equality – from securing same-sex marriage, to increasing advocacy for and visibility of transgender rights, to strengthening our laws and protections in the areas of health care, education, and poverty alleviation. However, this past election serves as a reminder that much more work remains to be done. My colleagues and I are committed to doing everything in our power to ensure California remains a leader in advancing LGBT civil rights protections throughout our State and the nation."

Assemblymember Low Appointed Chair of Assembly Elections and Redistricting

SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Evan Low (D-Silicon Valley) issued the following statement after assuming the Chairmanship of the Assembly Elections and Redistricting Committee:

“Now, more than ever we need to ensure that we are increasing access to make voting easier for every Californian.” stated Assemblymember Low. “We will not allow anyone to bully or demagogue California or our constituents. I look forward to partnering with progressive leaders - such as Secretary of State Alex Padilla – to fight for the necessary funding and innovations to our electoral system.

Governor Signs Bill Banning California State-Funded Travel to States with New Anti-LGBT Laws

Sacramento – California Governor Jerry Brown today signed Assembly Bill (AB) 1887, authored by Assemblymember Evan Low (D-Silicon Valley) and sponsored by Equality California and the National Center for Lesbian Rights. AB 1887 bans non-essential, state-funded travel by California state employees to North Carolina, Mississippi and other states that enact discriminatory laws after June, 2015.  It is similar to executive orders and local ordinances already in place in New York State, Baltimore, San Francisco and elsewhere. However, it expands on these executive orders because it applies to states that enact new anti-LGBT laws in the future.

Dr. Jill Biden to Meet with Silicon Valley Leaders Regarding Free Community College, Assemblymember Evan Low to Attend

(SACRAMENTO)- Assemblymember Evan Low (D-Silicon Valley) will attend a meeting between United States Second Lady Dr. Jill Biden and Silicon Valley business leaders in San Jose to discuss how employers can play a role in President Obama's America's College Promise initiative to make the first two years of community college free for responsible students.